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Violence continues in Yemen as security forces clash with demonstrators calling for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule. Behind the headlines, international aid organisations have told GSN in Sanaa that they are struggling to cope with the growing number of migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Yemen
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In the wake of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report into human rights abuses during the government’s crackdown on protesters, Bahrain has entered a critical phase.

Bahrain
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Mohammed Bin Nayef (MBN) was born in August 1959 to Jawahar Bint Abdelaziz Bin Musaid Bin Jiluwi. He is married to Reema Bint Sultan Bin Abdelaziz, consolidating links with the Al-Sultan.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 993 - 22 May 2015

Saudi Arabia: Antonov-132

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Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Aeronautics Company, a subsidiary of Public Investment Fund-owned Taqnia, has signed a deal with Ukraine’s Antonov that will see Taqnia develop a new model of Antonov, based on the Antonov-32. Chairman of Taqnia Prince Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Saud was in Kiev for the signing of the agreement on 6 May. Under the deal, Ukraine will transfer Antonov-32 production technologies to Saudi Arabia, and train specialists.

Saudi Arabia
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The election of four women to the National Assembly marks a significant victory for civic rights and indicates a shift in public mood.

Kuwait
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Kingdom tries to avoid oil reaching the giddy heights that could further unsettle the global economy

Saudi Arabia
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Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah welcomed his Qatari counterpart Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani for talks on 4 February. The high-ranking welcoming party at the airport also included Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Sheikh Tamim’s delegation included his personal representative Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and others.

Kuwait | Qatar
Issue 1040 - 07 July 2017

US lays out trafficking concerns

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Gulf countries got their usual poor marks in the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, released on 27 June. None of the countries fully comply with standards set out in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, although some do slightly better than others. Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE were classified as not meeting the TVPA’s minimum standards but were at least making “significant efforts” to bring themselves into line.

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A new countdown has begun for Iran’s relations with the world. Following President Donald Trump’s heavily telegraphed 8 May decision that the United States would no longer honour its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US is set to reinstate the sanctions on Iran it dropped in January 2016 when the nuclear deal was implemented. The embargo will be implemented in two stages. Sanctions on the oil and gas, petrochemicals and shipping sectors, as well as measures against Bank Markazi-ye Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran (Central Bank of Iran), will be re-imposed in 180 days, on 4 November.

Iran
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A wealthy Kuwaiti family is in line for a substantial, but still to be finalised pay-out, after winning a case in the High Court in London on 27 November against Credit Suisse (UK) Ltd. Mahmoud Haji Haider Abdullah and three of his sons – Maytham, Mahdi and Mansour – sought damages having claimed the bank had provided unsuitable investment products.The Kuwaitis had come to the attention of the bank in 2003 when the Haider family sold its interest in Wataniya Telecoms, generating $150m in cash.

Kuwait
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Reports of progress on US defence deals ahead of King Salman’s early September meeting with President Barack Obama focused on a $1bn-plus sale to the Royal Saudi Navy of two frigates, which are based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corporation has been building for the US Navy. US sources said the long-mooted Saudi Naval Expansion Programme II had been accelerated by Saudi concerns over Iran. Reuters also reported that other deals with maritime applications included the $1.9bn purchase of ten MH-60R helicopters.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 953 - 07 September 2013

Iraq: US deals

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Iraq is looking to buy military equipment from the United States worth around $4.7bn. In a series of notices to Congress between 25 July and 9 August, the Defense Security Co-operation Agency reported the potential sales to Iraq.

Iraq
Issue 1066 - 21 September 2018

Saudi Arabia: First Seahawks land

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The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has taken delivery of its first Seahawk MH-60R multi-role helicopters. RSNF commander General Fahd Bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili attended the inauguration ceremony in New York on 13 September and extolled the aircraft’s surface and sub-surface combat capabilities. The helicopters are built by Lockheed Martin’s subsidiary Sikorsky. Riyadh signed a contract for ten Seahawks in late 2015, at an estimated cost of $1.9bn.

Saudi Arabia
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The past year’s financial turmoil has stimulated calls from nationals who want greater ‘dialogue’ to promote changes in the way Dubai’s economy and society are regulated.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1031 - 09 February 2017

Oman/Iran: Pipeline plans press ahead

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Negotiations between Tehran and Muscat over a planned natural gas pipeline between Iran and Oman are expected to be finalised by the end of February, Iranian petroleum minister Bijan Zangeneh said after meeting his Omani counterpart Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Rumhi in Tehran on 7 February. Deep-water mapping of the pipeline route is due to be completed within the next few months and a tender will then be held to select a developer. Representatives of Total, Royal/Dutch Shell, Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas), Germany’s Uniper and Japan’s Mitsui & Company were in Tehran to present their proposals for delivering the project.

Iran | Oman